March 26, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 94:16-19, “1Who rises up for me against the wicked? Who stands up for me against evildoers? If the LORD had not been my help, my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. When I thought, "My foot slips," your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul."
God doesn’t condemn us for our anxiety. He knows us, and he knows us well. But this is an opportunity to ask how can we put that anxiety to rest? Are we going to turn back in on ourselves and try to find the answers within ourselves? Or is this a call for us? God is saying, ‘No, don’t look to your own answers. Look outside of yourself. Turn yourself over to me. Trust me.’
Many generations before us have endured terrible hardships, and God has brought them through. He’ll bring us through as well. Instead of living with fear, selfishness, and hoarding, we could get on the phone or use Facetime, Zoom, or Skype to call someone who is in self-isolation. Or reconnect with people we’ve lost touch with. Let’s use these challenging days to show the love that God gives us through Jesus Christ.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, thank you for your love and care, even when I am afraid and anxious. Help me to trust in your loving presence and share your love with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.